A man walks through open area at Eglinton Station.

Crosstown’s Eglinton Station excavation under TTC box complete

This phase involves a still-rolling subway line, sensitive movement sensors, math and lots of earth.

Jan 13, 2021

Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit system is a complex feat of engineering magic.

But perhaps nowhere along the line is the scientific sorcery more complicated and challenging than at Eglinton Station, where crews have had to navigate in and around the existing and always-moving TTC Yonge-University subway (Line 1).

This meant building a second platform below the existing one, including using underpinning and special techniques to dig out the earth. Imagine working below a subway line – keeping that system, as well as the project you’re working on, safe.

A man walks through open area at Eglinton Station.

A walk down under – You can see the progress on the excavation area at Eglinton Station. (Metrolinx photo)

Now, that process has reached a major milestone. All excavation under the TTC box has been completed, marking the completion of all major excavation on the project.

Next the crews at the station will be leveling and compacting the ground to prepare for a concrete pour which will form the lowest level.

Want to learn more about the underpinning work that took place? Click here.